Armed Forces News

A key lawmaker is decrying provisions of the Trump administration’s proposed defense-spending bill for fiscal year 2020, which would take effect Oct. 1 if passed.
“I remain concerned that the defense-funding bill was crafted in an environment in which we have no budgetary certainty,” said Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., the senior minority member of the Defense Armed Services appropriations subcommittee.
Calvert said he and Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., the subcommittee chair, both agree that the next defense budget does contain provisions that would “make positive strides in rebuilding our military and investing in our service members.”
Still, Calvert stated, the proposal lacks a “topline budget agreement and a two-year deal to relieve budget caps” that were implemented with the Budget Control Act of 2011 – which put sequestration in effect.
“We aren’t making spending decisions based on reality,” Calvert stated.
Sequestration would cut $20 billion from the Navy and $29 billion from the Air Force this year, and end more than 100 Army programs, Calvert said. The effects, he believes, “would be more devastating to our military than any threat posed by China or Russia.”